‘How I Met Your Mother’: Neil Patrick Harris!

Maybe you’ve heard—Britney Spears will play a dippy receptionist on next week’s episode of the best sitcom for twentysomethings. But it’s the tried-and-true crazy-train gimmicks of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) that we’re tuning in for tonight, after a painful three-month-long hiatus due to the writers' strike. The nine new episodes (airing earlier, at 8 p.m.) kick off with earnest, still-single Ted borrowing a few of Barney’s pickup moves — surely they won’t fail him.

How I Met Your Mother



8 p.m.